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Forget NS&I! This is how I invest in a Stocks and Shares ISA to retire early

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first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. TomRodgers has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. A Stocks and Shares ISA is my way to ensure I can retire early, and I’ll explain today how and why savings accounts and bonds are making you poorer. News in October 2020 that NS&I — National Savings and Investments — had slashed its interest rates was a blow to many long-term UK savers.The government-owned savings bank has been a staple of British life since it was created in 1861 as the Post Office Saving Bank.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…But recent cuts mean, in my opinion, that this institution should be consigned to the bin of history.Premium no moreFrom 24 November 2020 its Premium Bonds will pay 1% instead of 1.4%. Income bonds drop from 1.15% to a next-to-nothing 0.01% and Junior ISAs fall from 3.25% to 1.5%.Why has this happened? Because central banks like The Bank of England have dropped the interest rate they pay to financial institutions for holding cash to historic lows.And these organisations are quick to pass their losses on to customers. It’s happened in most countries in response to the economic catastrophe caused by the pandemic.Try a Stocks and Shares ISA insteadI believe choosing my own investments in a Stocks and Shares ISA is the best way for me to secure my financial future.Any dividends I get paid, or gains from share price rises, are tax free, just like the tiny gains from NS&I.And for share investors, it’s not necessary to spend hours raking through company reports and interrogating financial statements, if you don’t want to. You can pick popular funds or ETFs in a Stocks and Shares ISA. These do the research and investing for you and leave you to get on with your day.Why I changedIt took me quite a while to get my head round the concept of not leaving my money in savings accounts or tax-free Premium Bonds. The Stocks and Shares ISA wasn’t even on my radar.It was drilled into me as a child that I should always save money, probably because I and my brothers and sister had a modest upbringing where cash was often scarce. Investing was only for the rich and powerful, none of whom I knew, sadly.But the rates on offer for savers are now so low that inflation reduces the future value of any money to less than I started with.Now I set aside around £250 a month to go straight out of my bank account into my Stocks and Shares ISA. It’s not a king’s ransom and for me, it’s affordable.What I getSo what have I got in my Stocks and Shares ISA? And what percentage do I make?Through a combination of steady, generous yield FTSE 100 shares like Legal & General, balanced, high-margin FTSE 250 shares like Games Workshop and fast-growth AIM shares like Open Orphan and Team17, I’ve managed to bring in a 20% return on my cash in the last 12 months.I’m not saying I’ll get as much as 20% every year. That’s down to the investment choices I make, and a healthy dollop of luck.But a Stocks and Shares ISA is certainly a better place for my hard-earned cash than wasting away at 1% or less in a savings account or income bond. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! 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If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Forget NS&I! This is how I invest in a Stocks and Shares ISA to retire early Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source center_img 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Tom Rodgers | Monday, 12th October, 2020 Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Tom Rodgerslast_img read more

Mosman / SAOTA

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first_img Houses Projects Year:  Consulting Engineers:NorthropArchitects & Interior Architects:SAOTA, Philip Olmesdahl, Erin GibbsArchitects In Association:TKD, Architects John Rose, Renata Ratcliffe & David PercivalArchitects:SAOTA, Philip Olmesdahl, Erin GibbsInterior Architects:SAOTA, Philip Olmesdahl, Erin GibbsCity:SydneyCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Justin AlexanderRecommended ProductsDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsText description provided by the architects. Set on the slopes of Mosman, Sydney, this bold and modern home maximises dramatic views and capitalises on the great climate and indoor-outdoor lifestyle in Australia.Save this picture!© Justin AlexanderDesigned by award-winning architecture company SAOTA, this home has been created as a primary home for a young Sydney family. With an international footprint in more than 86 countries, it is SAOTA’s first completed project in Australia. SAOTA teamed with highly respected Sydney-based, TKD Architects to bring the project to life. TKD brings together experts in contemporary architecture and interior design.Save this picture!Section“As Executive Architects, TKD worked closely with the client, ensuring that SAOTA’s detailed design was delivered and a dream home realized. Their creativity and commitment to design excellence was a key success factor,” comments SAOTA Junior Associate, Erin Gibbs.  Save this picture!© Justin AlexanderFor interior decorating, design studio Alexandra Kidd Design succeeded in creating sophisticated spaces within the home.The style of the home is strong yet classic and inherently sophisticated. Entering the home, the drama is emphasised by a double volume entrance space with open Eastern views right through the house to Sydney Harbour and beyond.Save this picture!© Justin AlexanderWhat makes this home unique in the area is its position on two adjacent sites, allowing generously proportioned open living areas and wide access to views. Significantly recessed into the hillside, the main living area is below street level for maximum privacy. The living area opens two sides, creating Easterly views to the Harbour and to the West, offering a secluded garden with exposed rock feature. This lends to a sense that one is surrounded by natural elements.Save this picture!Ground floor planThe home is accessible from two streets – the guest entrance on the upper level, and the access to parking garages from the lower street. From the water side, the sculptured facade is bold. From the street side, the tone and style is more understated. Guests enter through a wooden entrance door and over a bridge that crosses the garden below. On the main level, the outdoor space includes a covered outdoor lounge and dining area, as well as bedrooms which float above the underlying platforms. A shallow water feature that wraps the area picks up the element of water from the Harbour, creating a natural edge to the spacious main terrace.Save this picture!© Justin AlexanderOn the lower level, a covered outdoor area leads directly to the pool, with its secluded hot tub as part of the body of water. The dark granite hues of the pool are on trend and have a more monolithic recessive character. The covered outdoor easy living space is complemented with an uncovered deck ideal for capturing the warmth of the winter sun.The sense of connection to the water in the Harbour is enhanced through water features on both the upper and lower living areas. Adding to the glamour and story, the use of electric blue in the interiors further picks up the magical blues in the vista.Save this picture!© Justin AlexanderThroughout the house, pristine concrete work combines with sandstone cladding. Abundant to the area, this natural stone has been used in a contemporary way. This light tone of the sandstone is offset with warm textures of wood and bronze used for internal cladding and screening. Feature pieces such as a hand-cut grey granite counter further showcase and contrast the pristine craftsmanship.Save this picture!© Justin AlexanderThe approach to privacy is multi-layered. Angled bronzed louvres are used to maximize view out, while minimizing views inwards. Further motorized screening adjacent to the entrance allows the option of maximum light when open or privacy from the street when closed. In addition to the abundant living spaces, the home comprises five bedrooms, a sauna, gym, wine cellar and a cinema room – complete with roll down screen, the latest in audio-visual technology and block out blinds.Save this picture!© Justin AlexanderProject gallerySee allShow lessPanpo-ri Residence / a round architectsSelected ProjectsThe Shougang Ertong Warehouse Renovation / China Architecture Design & Research GroupSelected Projects Share Mosman / SAOTA “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/902623/mosman-saota Clipboard Architects: SAOTA Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Justin Alexander Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Interior Designer: Interior Decor: Alexandra Kidd Designs CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Sydney, Australia Photographscenter_img Save this picture!© Justin Alexander+ 25Curated by María Francisca González Share Australia Mosman / SAOTASave this projectSaveMosman / SAOTA ArchDaily Landscaping: “COPY” Secret Gardens 2015 TKD Architects & Alexandra Kidd Designs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/902623/mosman-saota Clipboard Manufacturers: Armadillo and Co, B&B Italia, BANG & OLUFSEN, Cosh living, Elitis, Camie Lyons, John Reid, Macleay on Manning, Spence & Lyda CopyAbout this officeSAOTAOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsSydneyAustraliaPublished on September 26, 2018Cite: “Mosman / SAOTA” 25 Sep 2018. 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Professors participate in Scholar Strike to advocate for racial justice

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first_imgFacebook Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Previous articleNumber of reported cases continues to declineNext article2020 NFL Season Preview – Part 2 (NFC, Super Bowl LV Predictions) Renee Umsted RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Renee is a journalism major. She is dedicated to improving her journalism skills to effectively and ethically inform others. Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin TCU 360 staff win awards at the Fall National College Media Convention ReddIt Twitter printOn Aug. 26, Anthea Butler, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, posted a one-sentence message on her Twitter account.“I would be down as a professor to follow the NBA and Strike for a few days to protest police violence in America,” she wrote. That statement quickly turned from a simple idea into a national movement. On Tuesday and Wednesday, just two weeks after Bulter sent the tweet, instructors across the country participated in Scholar Strike, an action and teach-in inspired by the WNBA and NBA strikes and designed to “call awareness to the racial climate in America, and the rash of police shootings and racialized violence,” according to the movement’s website. In an opinion piece on CNN, Butler and Kevin Gannon, the co-founder of the initiative and a professor at Grand View University, wrote that universities and their communities are not isolated from the events happening off campus.“As scholars and educators, we are acutely aware that this is a moment in American life when race, racism, policing, and violence are on the news every evening. Add in the pandemic, and the urgency of where we are multiplies,” they wrote. Several TCU professors decided to join more than 600 instructors at institutions throughout the U.S. and get involved in Scholar Strike, canceling or modifying their lesson plans and inviting other faculty, staff and students to learn about the new material. Dr. Scott Kurashige, the chair of the comparative race and ethnic studies (CRES) department, said faculty members in his department heard about the initiative and wanted to implement it at TCU.Kurashige, who is also a CRES professor, opened up his lecture, “How Whiteness Defined U.S. Citizenship in the Era of Imperialism and Jim Crow,” to those not enrolled in his class. He said about 95 people attended the virtual session, where he taught about the cultural, legal and political climate in America about 100 years ago, when whiteness was central to deciding who could immigrate to, live and work in the country.Kurashige said this forms the basis to understanding policing that selectively protects and discriminates against members of the population. Dr. Scott Kurashige, the chair of the CRES department (Photo courtesy of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies.)Kurashige said he knows his lecture couldn’t cover all the information people need to know about the roots of structural racism, but he wanted to highlight just how much there is to learn. The point of his teach-in, he said, was to help reprioritize how people invest in and conceptualize education, shifting the focus from fulfilling curricular requirements to applying knowledge and ideas to real-world issues and situations. “If miseducation is playing a role in reproducing inequity and racial stereotyping and racial profiling, then really we need to think about what type of changes we need in our concepts of education and in our practices of education,” he said. Kurashige suggested some ways to implement these changes on campus include increasing the number of experts to more thoroughly research and teach about the complexities and nuances of CRES. Dr. Brandon Manning, an assistant professor of English, also participated in the event. He co-led a teach-in discussion with Dr. Stacie McCormick called “Reading Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon through Lenses of Anti-Black Violence, Justice and Gender,” which about 85 people virtually attended.Dr. Brandon Manning, an assistant professor of English (Photo courtesy of AddRan College of Liberal Arts.)Manning and McCormick were already covering Morrison’s novel as part of the normal instruction for their classes, so they were able to pivot the conversation to focus on social justice issues fresh in the minds of people across the globe. The Black Lives Matter protests over the summer, the NBA and WNBA strikes and the death of Jacob Blake in particular were what Manning said “reaffirmed reaffirmed for me the need to incorporate these kinds of spaces and conversations and discourses in the classroom.” Manning said in his first Tuesday class, one of his students said they felt “seen for the first time in a real way on campus” as a result of the discussion topic.Manning stressed the important of education as the first step in combating racism, and he said many of his students are learning about issues such as how tied the founding fathers were to slavery, or how structural inequality persists.“These kind of spaces where you can have a broad range of folks in the same space, and people can be vulnerable and can share and can learn, really helps to kind of undermine and challenge and disrupt the ways that a number of our students, especially our Black students, feel like they’re not seen or heard on campus,” he said. But he also noted other benefits of the Scholar Strike.“As much information as they offered up, it was also the ability for different instructors and professors to say, ‘I see you, and I recognize what’s happening.’” Dr. Brandon Manning, an assistant professor of EnglishThis awareness was something Dr. Wil Gafney, a professor of the Hebrew Bible in the Brite Divinity School, said motivated her to participate in the Scholar Strike. Gafney canceled the class she was scheduled to teach during the strike and offered optional instruction regarding white supremacy in Biblical interpretation. She also posted a video to the Scholar Strike YouTube page, in which she discusses the topic. Dr. Wil Gafney’s video on white supremacy in Biblical interpretation. Gafney wrote in an email that the world is shaped so significantly by the Bible and its interpretation, and white supremacist interpretation affects how people see themselves and others. For example, the construction of God as white has caused some people to be presented as more fully made in God’s image than others. “Whiteness in sacred and cultural images from the Afro-Asiatic Israelites and their neighbors to Jesus and his disciples is not only ahistoric but are inherently harmful and are themselves acts of systemic sanctified racism,” Gafney wrote. She wrote that she wanted her video to help people understand the negative effects that have come from using the Bible to justify white colonists’ genocide of Native Americans and enslavement of Africans, as well as to give theological support for the Holocaust. To make Biblical interpretation more accurate and eliminate discriminatory practices and ideologies, Gafney wrote, would entail “commitment, intent, self-awareness and for dominant culture faculty and clergy to educate themselves,” in addition to maintaining diverse faculty and learning objectives at universities. “I continue to work and fight for racial justice in the classroom, in the pulpit and in the streets for as long as necessary,” Gafney wrote. ‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs TCU will not raise tuition for the 2021-22 academic year TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ ReddIt Facebook + posts Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ In addition to the Scholar Strike, TCU faculty members are involved in the Race and Reconciliation Initiative to investigate TCU’s history with racism, slavery and the Confederacy. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer) Renee Umsted Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ Linkedin Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ Jacqueline Lambiase is still fighting for studentslast_img read more

Donegal Hospice facing rising costs and drop in donations

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first_img Google+ Previous articleHundreds of public sector workers to strike in Derry and TyroneNext articleDubai Duty Free named Irish Open title sponsor News Highland The cost of providing vital home-care services for terminally ill cancer patients are up by 100,000 euro at the Donegal Hospice.The Donegal News is reporting today that there are also serious concerns about the low bed occupancy levels in the centre in Letterkenny.There has been a drop of 200,000 in donations meaning the Hospice is under huge pressure.Speaking to Highland Radio News, Cllr Gerry Monagle says the news is worrying:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/gerry3pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week By News Highland – March 13, 2015 Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Donegal Hospice facing rising costs and drop in donations Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Google+ Twitter Twitter PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApplast_img read more

‘Mere Inaccuracies In Reporting Cannot Justify Initiation Of Prosecution’: Madras HC Quashes Criminal Defamation Proceedings Against ET Journalist & Editor [Read Judgment]

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first_imgNews Updates’Mere Inaccuracies In Reporting Cannot Justify Initiation Of Prosecution’: Madras HC Quashes Criminal Defamation Proceedings Against ET Journalist & Editor [Read Judgment] Akshita Saxena7 May 2020 1:20 AMShare This – x”There is something called ethical imperative. It envisions that inherent powers go with implicit duties. Courts often nudge and remind the executive that possession of power is coupled with a duty to exercise the same. Judicial power can be no different. When freedom of press which is a fundamental right is at stake, higher judiciary is obliged to exercise not only its inherent power…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”There is something called ethical imperative. It envisions that inherent powers go with implicit duties. Courts often nudge and remind the executive that possession of power is coupled with a duty to exercise the same. Judicial power can be no different. When freedom of press which is a fundamental right is at stake, higher judiciary is obliged to exercise not only its inherent power but also exert itself a bit. An unused power is a useless tinsel. There is no point in merely saying that press is the foundation of democracy.” The Madras High Court on Wednesday quashed the criminal defamation proceedings instituted against the Journalist Sandhya Ravishankar and her husband, also the Editor and Grievances Redressal Officer of the Economic Times, in connection to an article about illegal beach sand mining of atomic minerals along the southern coastline of Tamil Nadu, published in the 2015 issue of the ET Magazine. While doing so, the bench of Justice GR Swaminathan made significant observations with regards the role of higher judiciary in “safeguarding the freedom of press”. “I am clearly of the view that there is no point in merely singing paeans to freedom of press, if one cannot go to its rescue when the said right is faced with a serious threat,” he said while holding that the very institution of the impugned complaint is an abuse of the process of court. The court remarked that when freedom of press which is a fundamental right is at stake, higher judiciary is “obliged” to exercise its inherent powers. Relying on a Supreme Court ruling in State of Madras v. VG Rao, AIR 1952 SC 196, the bench held that courts play the role of “sentinel on the qui vive” to protect the Constitutional rights of citizens. “The sentinel must ever be alert to danger and charge forth when required. The Court can never desert its duty when it comes to protection of fundamental rights. Those observations will apply to the entire higher judiciary,” Justice Swaminathan remarked. Background The Petitioners, Sandhya Ravishankar and her husband had approached the High Court seeking quashing of the criminal defamation case filed against them by a sand mining corporation and the consequent summons issued by the Judicial Magistrate,. It was pointed out that the articles in question were published after the Madras High Court issued notice on PIL filed over illegal beach sand mining. The complainant corporation had alleged that the Petitioners herein, by way of the impugned article, made false statements and undermined their reputation in the public eye and caused them irreparable harm. They had also alleged that Ravishankar’s husband had earlier applied for employment in a news channel in which the Complainant had substantial stakes, and now, she wrote the article out of hatred and malice and to settle scores with the complainant, for having declined to employ her husband. Findings Article based on a PIL The Court noted that the contents of the impugned article were inspired from a PIL filed before the High Court, alleging illicit mining of beach sand minerals. The same was published only after notices were issued on the PIL, including to the complainant-Respondent. Further it observed that even though the original Petitioner in the case was relieved from the proceedings for lacking in bonafides but, “the PIL did not get terminated or closed”. Rather, the court took cognizance of the allegation that illicit sand mining was still going on. In face of this factual matrix, the High Court remarked, “The fact that the Hon’ble Division Bench is actively seized of the matter is more than sufficient to indicate the importance of the issue raised by the third petitioner…” Case falls within Exception 3 The court upheld the Petitioners’ argument that their case fell within the third exception to Section 499 of IPC, on criminal defamation. As per the third exception, criminal defamation proceedings would not be attracted if a publication is carried out in good faith and on a public question. Accordingly the court held, “The article penned by the third petitioner raised an issue in which the people at large definitely have an interest. The article has been published only in the wake of the notice issued by the Hon’ble First Bench of the Madras High Court. When the Hon’ble First Bench thought it fit to issue notice based on the allegations made by a litigant and when it raised a public question, the media is certainly entitled to carry a story on it. This is something that would on the very face of it fall within Exception No.3 to Section 499 IPC.” Mere inaccuracies in reporting cannot justify initiation of prosecution In light of an American ruling in New York Times vs. Sullivan 376 U.S 254, the bench held that “minor errors” in reporting do not call for initiation of criminal proceedings against the media. In the said case, the US Supreme Court had held that “Erroneous statements” were “inevitable in free debate” and therefore, the very existence of free debate required the protection of such statements, the bench quoted from Book titled “Offend, Shock or Disturb”, authored by Gautam Bhatia. The above decision of was later cited with approval by the Supreme Court in R. Rajagopal v. State of Tamil Nadu (1994) 6 SCC 632, whereby it was held that “Where the publication is based upon the facts and statements which are not true, unless the official establishes that the publication was made (by the defendant) with reckless disregard for truth. In such a case, it would be enough for the defendant (member of the press or media) to prove he acted after a reasonable verification of the facts; it is not necessary for him to prove that what he has written is true…” The “Sullivan principle” was further amplified by a division bench of the Madras High Court in Rajagopal v. J. Jayalalitha, AIR 2006 Mad 312. Highlighting the same, Justice Swaminathan clarified, “There can always be a margin of error. The permissible width of the margin will depend on the facts and circumstances of each case. The media can avail this defence whether the complainant is a public official or a private entity. Mere inaccuracies in reporting cannot justify initiation of prosecution.” In this backdrop, having found no material to substantiate the allegations and for the reason that a PIL on the subject matter was pending before a division bench of the High Court, the court conclude that it was best suited to quash the criminal complaint. In doing so the he also highlighted the crucial role played by the judiciary in upholding the independence of the fourth pillar of democracy. “If a summary examination of the materials produced by the accused can bring their case within one of the Exceptions, I can give relief to the petitioners here itself instead of making them undergo the ordeal of trial. Such an activist role will have to be played by the higher judiciary because it is a matter of record that criminal defamation proceedings have become a tool of intimidation and before corporate bodies and powerful politicians whose pockets are tunnel deep and whose hands are long even media houses having good resources have capitulated,” he held. Wife-an independent personality Maneuvering its “activist role”, the bench went on to recognize the capacity of a wife “to act independently and make her own free choice”. Condemning the allegations that Ravishankar had penned the article at the behest of her husband, the court observed that the same “undermines the agency” of a woman. “If I accept the contention of the complainant’s counsel, that would undermine the agency of the woman concerned. This concept of agency has considerable philosophical import and was evolved by the feminists during the last century. The complainant wants me to assume that the third petitioner lacks personal autonomy. The third petitioner definitely has the capacity to act independently and make her own free choice. I cannot assume that the third petitioner was a pawn or tool at the hands of her husband. Her innate dignity can be upheld only by deleting the fourth petitioner from the array of accused,” he held. The observation was made in the backdrop of a finding that the complainant had not placed any material before the Court to show that the husband was a complicit in the writing of the impugned article. Procedural Irregularities The court also pointed out various procedural irregularities inherent in the criminal proceedings pending before the Trial Court. It noted that the Petitioner-husband had not been named and was addressed on the basis of the title held by him at his company. Discouraging such practice, the court highlighted that where the accused is an individual, he/ she will have to be named in person with appropriate description. If the accused is not named in person and is merely referred to by designation, the court ought to return the complaint as defective. In this case however, the bench noted, “the trial magistrate appears to have mechanically taken cognizance of the offences even without noting that the A1 and A2 have not been named in person at all. That apart, there is absolutely no allegation whatsoever against the first petitioner. Merely because he has not redressed the grievance projected by the complainant, he cannot be accused of having committed the offence of defamation. Therefore, I have no hesitation to come to the conclusion that the impugned proceedings deserve to be quashed as regards the petitioners 1 and 2.” Further on the aspect of territorial jurisdiction the bench held, “A mere look at the cause title would have revealed that the accused are not residing within the jurisdictional limits of Judicial Magistrate No. I, Tirunelveli. But without holding any enquiry, summons were issued. The learned trial magistrate has not taken note of the mandate set out in Section 202 of Cr.PC. Thus, there has been no application of mind while taking cognizance of the offences.” in a concluding remark the court said, “The petitioners 2 and 3 cannot be said to have defamed the complainant by publishing the article in question. The very institution of the impugned complaint is an abuse of the process of court. Quashing the same alone would secure the ends of justice. I have already held that there is absolutely no material whatsoever against the petitioners 1 and 4. The impugned proceedings are accordingly quashed and this criminal original petition stands allowed. Connected miscellaneous petitions are closed.” Case Details: Case Title: Grievances Redressal Officer, M/s.Economic Times Internet Ltd. & Ors. v. M/s.V.V.Minerals Pvt.Ltd. & Anr. Case No.: Crl OP (MD) No. 9067/2016 Quorum: Justice GR Swaminathan Appearance: Advocate Anand Chandrasekar for Advocate P. Muthuvijaya Pandian (for Petitioners); Advocate V. Lakshminarayanan for M/s Kingsly Solomon (for Respondents) Click Here To Download Judgment Read Judgment Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Taking Note Of Elephant’s Emotional Bonding With Caretaker For 20 Years, Madras High Court Stops Department From Taking Its Custody

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first_imgNews UpdatesTaking Note Of Elephant’s Emotional Bonding With Caretaker For 20 Years, Madras High Court Stops Department From Taking Its Custody LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK1 Jan 2021 1:08 AMShare This – xIn an interesting judgment, the Madras High Court has permitted a man to keep the custody of an elephant even though he was not having the requisite transfer certificate under the Wildlife Protection Act to keep its possession.While passing the extraordinary order, a single bench of Justice GR Swaminathan took note of the emotional bonding which the animal has developed with its caretaker…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn an interesting judgment, the Madras High Court has permitted a man to keep the custody of an elephant even though he was not having the requisite transfer certificate under the Wildlife Protection Act to keep its possession.While passing the extraordinary order, a single bench of Justice GR Swaminathan took note of the emotional bonding which the animal has developed with its caretaker over past 20 years.”She has developed a great bonding with her caretakers. Forcible relocation in alien surroundings is sure to traumatize her”, the bench observed about the female elephant named ‘Lalitha’.The Court was dealing with a writ petition filed by one Sheik Muhammed who was challenging the move of the state wildlife department to take custody of “Lalitha”. Though he had made an application seeking ownership certificate, the department rejected it. The petitioner said that he had been maintaining the pachyderm since 2000, after purchasing it from another person. Lalitha was originally purchased by one G.Thangappan to whom the department issued certificate of ownership in 1988. She then changed hands and ultimately reached Shek Muhammed in 2000.The department pointed out that as per Section 39(3) of the Wildlife Protection Act, one should get prior permission from the authorities for transferring the ownership of a wild animal. The previous sales of Lalitha were not carried out with such permission of the department. Therefore, the petitioner’s possession of the elephant was illegal, said the department in the counter-affidavit filed before the Court.The bench agreed with the stand of the department legally.  The logical consequence of the department’s stand will be that the elephant will have to be surrendered to its custody.  This the bench found difficult to accept, having regard to the bonding developed by the animal with its caretaker and his family for over twenty years.”Elephants are known to be sensitive and possessed of self awareness.They have passed what is known as “mirror test”. The German naturalist Peter Wohlleben, after years of direct, personal observation,says that animals also feel the very same emotions which the humans are capable of. Feelings of love, grief and compassion are equally found in the animals”, Justice Swaminathan observed in the judgment.Referring to Article 51A(g) of the Constitution and the SC judgment in the case Animal Welfare Board of India Vs. A.Nagaraja and others, the court held that “Lalitha is entitled to express her normal patterns of behavior”.Lalitha has been with the writ petitioner for more than twenty years. The State did not intervene and take her away all these years. It is not as if the writ petitioner was keeping her secretly. The department was issuing directives from time to time and they were complied with by the petitioner. Micro chip has been implanted in her body so that her movements can be tracked, the court noted.The Court said that the peculiar case demanded the approach taken in child custody matters.Judge makes surprise inspectionJustice Swaminathan made a surprise inspection to examine the place of stay of ‘Lalitha’ near Akkaraipatti in Virudhunagar Distric”When I reached the spot, I found her being sumptuously fed. What pleased me was that she was not at all chained. Subhahani, the petitioner’s nephew is her caretaker along with two mahouts. I checked if there are any injury marks on her. There were none. The elephant looked happy and healthy.Subhahani encouraged me to stand close to her and feed her which of course I did. Lalitha exhibited great friendliness. The mahouts in the temples of Tamil Nadu and Kerala would do well to take a leaf out of Subhahani’s handling of Lalitha and treat their wards appropriately”, the judge noted with appreciation. The court also noted that Lalitha is taken to temple functions for her “majestic participation” and that her “dignity is maintained intact” as she was not used for begging.”Lalitha has been accustomed to a certain lifestyle all these years. She changed hands from 1988 to 2000. But she has been in the custody of the petitioner for the last twenty years. She has been attending religious functions. She is being fed well. She is in good health. In fact, the veterinarians appointed by the department have certified that she is being maintained properly by the petitioner.Removing her from the petitioner’s custody is sure to inflict a deep psychological wound on her”, the judge observed.Therefore, the court concluded that it was not in her best interest to allow the department to take her custody.”Applying the yardstick of what is good for Lalitha, I have to hold that the present arrangement should continue. Lalitha should continue to be with the petitioner and participate in the religious functions hosted in the region”, the court concluded.Justice Swaminathan also interacted with the owner of the coconut groove where Lalitha is kept. The owner assured that the land will not be sold or encumbered during the lifetime of Lalitha. “She also gets copious amounts of water to drink and to bathe. The ambience is highly conducive”, the Court noted.The Court said in this case “the rights of the animal are more relevant and they determine the adjudicatory outcome and not the formal validity of the administrative order”.Though the court upheld the department’s order refusing transfer certificate, it permitted the petitioner to keep the custody of the elephant. The petitioner was directed to intimate in writing the annual itinerary to the authorities upon which they should give standing permission. The respondents are at liberty to inspect the animal at any time, the court clarified. The court added that it is open to the parties to seek variation of the arrangement if the circumstances warrant.Similar case in Supreme CourtLast year, a similar case was considered by the Supreme Court. A mahout filed a habeas corpus petition seeking the custody of the elephant which was seized by the department from him citing lack of ownership certificate. The petitioner claimed that the animal has developed special emotional bonding with him and his family over the past 13 years. Since the Supreme Court was not inclined to entertain the plea, it was withdrawn.Click here to read/download the judgment Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

RSA making theory tests available to all drivers this month

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first_img Twitter RSA making theory tests available to all drivers this month AudioHomepage BannerNews The Road Safety Authority says it will be making online theory tests available to all drivers later this month.Over 100 thousand people are now waiting to sit the test after centres had to close during the Level 5 lockdown.At the moment, online assessments are only available to people who are sitting exams to get a learner permit for a bus or a truck.RSA Spokesman Brian Farrell says the backlog won’t be cleared until theory test centres can reopen:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/TheoryTests1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Twitter Previous articleCaution felt about removal of serial Covid testing in nursing homesNext articleHelpline advised GPs can request different vaccines, but not the case – Dr Duffy News Highland WhatsApp By News Highland – May 9, 2021 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 center_img Google+ WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Prison exerts its freedom of choice

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first_imgPrison exerts its freedom of choiceOn 8 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today As trade union recognition beds down, employers are realising that they do not have to recognise a union they don’t want. Dominique Hammond reports.Last week was a good week for Graeme Rothwell, HR director of Premier Prison Services. The Prison Officers Association, which had become the first union to apply to the Central Arbitration Committee for recognition, withdrew its application in relation to Premier’s private prison in Doncaster, conceding that Rothwell has the right not to recognise it.But it was not such a good week for Mark Healy, national chairman of the POA, who is feeling pretty aggrieved. Despite 86 per cent of prison officers at Doncaster belonging to his union, he is having to live with Rothwell’s decision not to recognise the POA and to honour instead what he regards as the virtually invisible Prison Services Union. Healy is having a hard time getting over the injustice. He says Premier has gone against the spirit of statutory union recognition, brought in last month under the Employment Relations Act. “The whole thrust was to allow people to be represented by the union of their choice. The situation at Doncaster can’t be right.”Minority gainsThe POA is not the only union waking up to the fact that representing the majority of employees in a group does not necessarily guarantee a recognition deal. At Eurotunnel, the Transport and General Workers Union has been recognised despite Aslef having a stronghold among drivers. Rosti Plastics has signed up with moderate engineering union the AEEU, even though the T&G has more members. Even the PSU knows how it feels to be beaten to the prize by a competitor with less support. Despite 82 per cent of employees at Group Four’s courts and escorts services in the Liverpool area belonging to the PSU, the company has signed a deal with “Britain’s general union” the GMB.So why is it that these unions are not getting the recognition they feel they deserve and what does it mean for employers and for employment relations?Rothwell has been against union recognition from the start. In his eyes he has been forced to make the best of a bad situation. He expected the POA to apply for recognition and there were talks between the union, the company and Acas. However, Rothwell realised that one thing the law did grant him was a choice.While discussions were progressing with the POA, they were also being held with the milder, non-TUC, PSU. By the time the POA applied for recognition on 9 June, three days after the law was introduced, it had already lost the race. Rothwell had agreed to recognise the PSU the day the law came in on 6 June. Under the law no other union can apply for recognition, once an independent union has been recognised.Rothwell is unapologetic about not wanting to work with the POA. It is simply too idealistically opposed to the company to offer it a partnership, he says.“The POA has been quite clear that it fundamentally opposes private sector prisons and we would find it difficult to work with an organisation that would rather we didn’t exist.” Partnership promotionOwen Warnock, employment law partner at Eversheds, says it is inevitable that unions perceived as militant or threatening by employers will be marginalised by the law.“I expect this is a deliberate consequence of the way the law was drafted,” he says. “Everything about this law seeks to promote partnership between employer and union. The CAC tries to force parties to reach an agreement before making recognition compulsory.”“With most sectors having at least two unions these days, the employer is going to have some degree of choice. Unions are going to have to think not only about providing something of value to members but about making themselves acceptable to the employer as well. You could argue it will always be the softer union that gets the recognition deal.”Action warningHowever, he adds that any attempt by employers to recognise a token union for their own convenience is likely to backfire. “If you choose a union that staff really do not want to be represented by, you are not going to have effective employment relations in the long run. The union has to be credible with staff. It is perfectly possible for staff to take industrial action to force an employer to recognise the union they want.”In the case of Premier, Rothwell is adamant that the deal with PSU is supported by staff. Although 302 of the 350 prison officers at Doncaster belong to the POA, the agreement is company-wide covering all 2,700 staff in its four prisons and the prisoner escort services. The PSU has around 800 members, mostly in the escort services, giving it a majority overall.“Our response to the POA saying that they should be recognised is that we do not want to enter into a multi-union agreement,” says Rothwell. “We feel that the PSU which also has a strong representation at Doncaster, and even stronger overall, is best placed to deal with us in partnership, in the spirit of the Fairness at Work White Paper.Union representation“The POA only wanted to represent the frontline staff who have day-to-day contact with prisoners. We feel that everyone should be represented. But this doesn’t prevent our employees being members of the union of their choice. When the right to be accompanied in grievance procedures is introduced in September, POA members can be accompanied by someone from the POA, so we will still be dealing with the POA.”It is precisely for this reason – the fact that Premier will still have to deal with the POA – that the TUC believes the company has made a mistake in refusing to recognise it. “It is wrong and quite dangerous to shut them out like this,” says Sarah Veale, TUC employment rights policy officer. “The solution would have been to recognise both unions. There is no problem with having a multi-union agreement.“If a company signs a single union agreement and 45 per cent of staff are in a different union, they will immediately be disgruntled and they won’t trust the union representing them. The employer is still going to end up dealing with more than one union, so why not do a partnership with them? “If a union is popular with the workforce, they ought to respect that. Showing that they don’t is not a good starting point for employment relations.”www.cac.gov.uklast_img read more

Resource guide: Flu vaccines

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first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. As we head into the flu vaccination season, we provide a list of essentialinformation sourcesAventis Pasteur MSDwww.pmmsd.comEuropean vaccine expert and distributor of a range of vaccines and vaccinecombinations. Consumer Health Information Centre www.chic.org.ukUser-friendly site giving information on cold and flu remedies. A good siteto recommend to patients who want to know the difference between a cold and theflu. Department of Health www.doh.gov.ukInfluenza Bibliography Produced every one to two months as a current awareness service. This is anacademic site but contains useful information and background material. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease www.niaid.nih.govProvides information on flu, including the mutation of virus strains andvaccination guidelines. National Institute for Clinical Excellence www.nice.org.ukThe institute’s role is to provide patients, health professionals and thepublic with authoratitive and reliable guidance on current best practice. Notthe easiest site to navigate, but worth persevering. Flu Protection Programmes – Alliance Health www.fluprotect.com01249 466966 [email protected] resources and services for organisations seeking to protect their workforcesagainst flu. On-site flu protection programmes including: oral anti-viralprotection and vaccinations, education and promotion material, diagnostic aids,protocols, enrolment/screening forms, helplines, doctor & nurse provisionand consultancy. To subscribe to the free weekly e-mail flu surveillanceservice starting next month e-mail [email protected] Public Health Service Laboratory Services www.phsl.co.ukDetailed site offering information on all aspects of public health. Includesnews and features on infectious diseases, a news archive and a wealth ofinformation about flu, including details of relevant publications, FAQs on flu,factsheets and links to related sites worldwide. World Health Organisation www.who.int/emc/diseases/fluThe WHO’s Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response site, thisincludes details of FluNet, the WHO’s geographical information system tomonitor influenza activity worldwide. It also includes a factsheet on flu andvaccines, and offers a wealth of information for anyone wanting a globalpicture of flu. www.bbc.co.ukAs ever, BBC News Online provides the best up-to-the-minute news about fluand flu vaccines. A second-to-none news source and has an efficient andthorough search engine as well as invaluable links to other relevant newssources. www.influenzanews.comAn educational resource for the general public, the site offers everything ahealth professional could want to know about flu viruses. It includes newsreports and background information from around the world, facts and figures,international surveillance information, FAQs and links to related sites. It iseasy to navigate and provides some valuable links. www.medinfo.co.ukBrief site but nevertheless has some valuable information on flu andvaccinations and links to other sites. It includes details of the symptoms,causes, diagnosis and treatment of flu as well as news of development ofvaccines. www.mypharmacy.co.ukQuirky site offering useful background information about flu vaccinations,who should be vaccinated, when the best time is for vaccinations to take place,how vaccinations are produced, the safety of vaccinations, and whether healthworkers should be vaccinated. It also gives useful advice about symptoms,prevention and treatment of flu, as well as a page of old wives’ tales relatingto colds and flu. Non-academic and straightforward. Compiled by Kate Rouy This listing is not exhaustive and the journal welcomes further additionsfrom readers as well as suggestions for further topics of interest to includein this series Resource guide: Flu vaccinesOn 1 Oct 2000 in Auto-enrolment, Personnel Todaylast_img read more

People on the move

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first_imgMill HouseInns has announced its senior management team, including the appointment of SueNewton as HR director. Newton will work with managing director Keith Henesy,commercial director Steve Pocock and operations director Andrew Jones. Previous Article Next Article People on the moveOn 5 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today Energycompany BG Group has appointed Peter Duffy group director of HR. Duffy,vice-president of HR with Detroit-based TRW Automotive Electronics, will leadHR operations for the company’s 3,800 employees. Duffy, who has been with TRWsince 1999, has also been HR director of Lucas Varity Electrical andElectronics Systems and with British Aerospace in various senior HR positions. Oldham NHSTrust has made several personnel changes. Tom Brogan has moved from head of personnelservices to director. Julia Wright has moved from personnel manager to deputydirector of personnel services. Jayne Pritchard has moved from personnelofficer to personnel manager and Kirsty Wood has moved from assistant personnelofficer to personnel officer. Alison Brophy has been appointed personnelofficer and Catherine Cook had been appointed assistant personnel officer.There is also a new medical staffing and recruiting officer, Lindsay Welsby,reporting to Sue Tinkler, medical staffing and recruitment manager. JohnSteele, group HR director of British Telecom, has been appointed by Trade andIndustry Secretary Stephen Byers to serve on the Acas Council. He is joined bythree new council members, William Coupar, chairman of the DTI Partnership FundAssessment Panel, James Knapp, general secretary of the National Union of Rail,Maritime and Transport Workers, and Veronica McDonald, deputy general secretaryof the STUC.center_img Dr RosalindBergemann is the new vice-president of HR with Gemini, based in Cambridge. Shejoins the company, which represents Gemini Genomics, from the Thomas CookGroup, where she was head of group reward and benefits. Bergemann was alsoappointed a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts,Manufactures and Commerce in September by the society’s president the Duke of Edinburgh. Comments are closed. ParityResources, the UK IT resourcing and recruitment division of Parity Group, hasnamed Jeff Brooks resourcing service director. Brooks, who will be responsiblefor bid management and agency management service, joins from Amdahl, where hewas responsible for developing the company’s resource centre from conception toan international turnover of £14m over three years. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more